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Barry Allen Sadler
Birth: Nov. 1, 1940
Carlsbad
Eddy County
New Mexico, USA
Death: Nov. 5, 1989
Murfreesboro
Rutherford County
Tennessee, USA

Singer, United States Army Soldier. Born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, he was introduced to music at a young age when he spent some time at a logging camp. In 1958, he enlisted into the United States Air Force as a radar specialist, but discharged one year later to begin touring and playing music. His venture ultimately failed and he chose to return to the military, enlisting in the United States Army as an airborne paratrooper. Shortly after training, he was shipped to Vietnam. In May of 1965, he was wounded in the knee by a Vietnamese punji stick, sharp carved sticks often coated in poison. Though he never showed any signs of sickness, the wound itself became seriously infected. While he was recovering, he would record what would be his only number one hit song, "Ballad of the Green Berets," which was released in early 1966. None of his other songs would ever come near the success of his first and Sadler turned to writing, authoring twenty-two books about a mythical character, "Casca", the soldier who pierced Jesus Christ's side with his spear during the crucifixion. Christ looked down at him and condemned him to be a soldier forever -- the "eternal mercenary." Near the end of his life, Sadler would move to Guatemala City, where on September 8, 1989, he was shot while riding in a taxi. The cause of the shooting remains unknown today. He died a few months later of the wound. (bio by: G.Photographer) 
 
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  John B. Sadler (1912 - 1948)
 
Burial:
Nashville National Cemetery
Madison
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: NN 64
GPS (lat/lon): 36.23944, -86.72678
 
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Record added: Sep 03, 2000
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Thank you for my freedom. Since I was a child, "Ballad of the Green Berets" has been one of my favorite songs. Rest with the heroes in heaven.
- JC, Kaufman, Tex
 Added: May. 30, 2017
thank you for your service i love your songs when you sing it came from your heartgod bless you
- sally todd
 Added: May. 29, 2017
Loved your song, 'Ballad of the Green Berets'. Rest in peace, soldier.
- Frank R. Adamski
 Added: May. 19, 2017
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